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    Blue Oyster Cult's Allen Lanier passes | News | Classic Rock

    Founding member of one of my top 5 all time faves Blue Oyster Cult. A sad day indeed.
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    Go Go Godzilla, an all time great!
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    Blue Oyster Cult Founder Allen Lanier Dead at 66

    Founding Blue Oyster Cult keyboardist and guitarist Allen Lanier has died at the age of 66 after being hospitalized with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, according to the band’s official Facebook page. “DFTR sweet man,” the post reads, in apparent reference to their hit ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper.’ “We love you and miss you.”

    Apart from a two year absence in the ’80s, Lanier was with B.O.C. from their inception in 1967 until his retirement in 2006. He co-wrote several songs for the group, including ‘True Confessions,’ In Thee,’ ‘Tenderloin,’ and ‘Lonely Teardrops.’ In November 2012 he rejoined his former bandmates on stage for the last time at a special New York concert commemorating the release of a career-spanning box set.

    According to WebMd, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a lung disease that restricts breathing, “caused by damage to the lungs over many years, usually from smoking.”

    B.O.C. singer Eric Bloom paid tribute to his friend on his own Facebook page. Here is that statement in full:

    “My great friend Allen Lanier has passed. I’ll miss the guy even though we hadn’t spoken in awhile. He was so talented as a musician and a thinker. He read voraciously, all kinds of things, especially comparative religion. We drove for years together, shared rooms in the early days. We partied, laughed, played. All BOC fans and band members will mourn his death. Ultimately smoking finally got to him. He had been hospitalized with C.O.P.D. It was Allen who heard some old college band tapes of mine and suggested I get a shot as the singer in 1968. A lot of great memories, over 40 years worth. Maybe he’s playing a tune with Jim Carroll right now.”
    Forgive the indulgence, I am gonna revisit this thread a lot today.

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    He should have feared the reaper after all. I know, too soon. You were all thinking it!! I'm just actually crude enough to say it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by santiclaws View Post
    He should have feared the reaper after all. I know, too soon. You were all thinking it!! I'm just actually crude enough to say it.
    ow. Not cool man.


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    BLUE OYSTER CULT KEYBOARDIST/GUITARIST ALLEN LANIER DEAD AT AGE 67

    Allen Lanier, a founding member of Blue Oyster Cult, has died at 67 after being hospitalized with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to the band’s Facebook page.


    “DFTR sweet man,” reads the post — an obvious reference to the band’s biggest hit, Don’t Fear the Reaper. “We love you and miss you.”

    Lanier, who was best known as a keyboardist with the band, also was an accomplished guitar player.

    Except for a two-year absence in the 1980s, Lanier was a member of Blue Oyster Cult beginning with their inception in 1967 until his retirement in 2006. He co-wrote several BOC songs, including Tenderloin, True Confessions and Lonely Teardrops. Lanier also contributed to music by Patti Smith, Jim Carroll, the Dictators and the Clash, among others. He dated Smith for several years during the ’70s.

    The fact that he survived dating Patti Smith is worth noting. And thats how you reference DFTR Santi.

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